Bruce Thornton: Narrative Peg in a Reality Hole

Broadcast Running Time: 36:41

Now that hostilities have theoretically abated in the latest Israel-Gaza war, it’s important to look at, and learn from, what really happened there.  Back with us today is Bruce Thornton (fresnostate.edu), Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University in Fresno.  It’s hard to filter out the reality of the situation in the Middle East – or any situation – when politicians and the media push lies meant to further narratives.  Examples include how the Palestinians want peace, despite their actions; the climate debate is settled, except the debate has never happened; and universities say they are all about education, but it really seems like they’re all about grant money and donations.  Narratives may sound nice, but when you’re trying to solve real problems in the real world, all they do is get in the way.

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